Sh*t-faced Showtime: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Tuesday 30 May 2017
Birthdays - London West End - Shows
The sibling of Sh*t-faced Shakespeare heads to Leicester Square Theatre in July in a show sporting the many incarnations and spin-offs of The Wizard of Oz ... with a skin-full!
Image: Leicester Square Theatre
You know those mornings when you wake up and wondered what you got up to the night before when you got totally wrecked?
Well this show from Magnificent Bastards is kind of similar ... except only one of the actors wakes up the day after a performance to wonder what the hell they did on stage the previous night.
The idea is a simple one ... every night a different actor gets to drink copious quantities of alcohol and get completely drunk before staggering on stage with the rest of the gang to perform the show.
Sh*t-faced Showtime is the all-singing, all-dancing, all-drinking phenomenon from the professional p*ss-heads behind Sh*t-faced Shakespeare.
Featuring a cast of professionally trained musical theatre performers, classic show tunes, complex choreography and one entirely sh*t-faced actor every night ...
What could possibly go right?
So how does it work?
Well, each performance has a cast of actors who all arrive 4 hours before the start of the show for a ‘party' - however this party is dry for all but one performer, who gets Sh*t-faced.
The rest is a balancing act between the songs as they appear in the sheet music and the improv rules, which state the cast must go with WHATEVER the drunk actor decides to do.
So, every single show is therefore a one-off.
Every single performance has a different drunk actor, and every single time they are genuinely inebriated.
Formed in 2010, Magnificent Bastard Productions were friends who loved creating unexpected and unpredictable theatre at music festivals such as Secret Garden Party.
Sh*t-faced now performs across the UK and USA in Boston, Atlanta and Austin USA, adding Minnesota to the mix in January this year.
They sell-out at the Edinburgh and Brighton Fringes annually, and in 2015 expanded into Sh*t-faced Showtime.
The creator of Sh*t-faced Shakespeare, Lewis Ironside, says
“It's a handy outlet for mucking-about, showing-off and practicing the noble art of fancy dress.
Unlike other troupes of thespian types we Magnificent Bastards differ in our utter contempt for restraint, orthodoxy, tedium, moderation and sobriety.”
Six performers on stage on any night, in rotation from:
Issy Wroe Wright
Directed by Tamsyn Kelly
Choreographed by Meg Matthews
Produced by Dora Rubinstein and Issy Wroe Wright
Leicester Square Theatre
6 Leicester Place
London WC2H 7BX
Sundays - 2, 9, 16 & 23 July 2017 at 8pm
Running Time: 70 minutes
Suitable for ages 16+
£13 - £15